Vienna loves being a mother. She is proud to be the matriarch of the herd. She is happy to soothe a worried herd member. She has no problem correcting a horse’s unacceptable behaviour. She especially loves having her daughter at her side. She accepts, even embraces, all aspects of mothering.
Over and over again we witness her empathy for the mother. Recently, she showered a grieving mother with love and hugs. She was very affectionate – not a standard posture for her. When she is so loving, it catches our attention. She is obviously making a statement.
She is making a statement about the value of mothering. She is acknowledging the strength of the mother-child bond. She is asking us to respect the bond. She is asserting the fact that we all need to be mothered.
Vienna also mothers the humans who cross her path, as she did with the grieving mother. She understands how powerful experiential learning is, and regularly creates learning moments for people – me included! (As with all life lessons, these are not always joyful!) Her lessons remind us that while the foundation of the mother-child relationship is love, the child has her own life journey that will not always include the mother. These lessons prepare the child for independence. Of course, this often creates grief for the mother, as the child often struggles. Vienna knows this, and still chooses mothering, grief included!
May we all be such strong mothers to others and ourselves!